NC Strong Votary Of Secularism: Farooq Abdullah

9 December 2008

Jammu: Asserting that Jammu and Kashmir has always been an example of secular values, the former chief minister and patron of National Conference (NC) Farooq Abdullah has said the bond of brotherhood among different religions needs to be strengthened further in the state. 'The forces which are trying to weaken the secular bonds in the state need to be identified and isolated,' Abdullah said while addressing a series of election meetings in Kathua district of Jammu yesterday. He said that it is unfortunate that the some national and regional political parties are trying to create a religious and regional wedge between the people of the state which will adversely effect the secular fabric of the region. Expressing dismay over the pathetic condition in far-flung areas of the state, he said that the areas were totally neglected by the erstwhile Congress-PDP government and there is a need of special emphasis and focus for their integrated development. The NC leader alleged that many road projects, which were started by the NC government earlier in far flung areas were later stopped by the coalition government in last five and a half years. He promised development of Billawar, Bani and Basholi areas in the district. He also promised special package for the below poverty line (BPL) people living in the far flung areas of the state and enhanced amount of old age and handicapped pension.